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Fast-Track Visa Processing in Queensland Proposal

Fast-Track Visa Processing in Queensland Proposal

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

 

Migration Agency

It could be good news for the 100,000-plus overseas immigrants moving to Queensland each year: Premier Campbell Newman is leading an initiative to fast-track visa applicants, and is discussing several strategies with federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.


The proposal specifically targets individuals who would be willing to work in the regional areas of Queensland such as Townsville, Rockhampton, and Cairns, instead of in the more populous areas of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. This is a long-term plan – looking as far ahead as 2043 – to encourage immigrants to reside in rural areas. There is an additional aim to attract more overseas students; reports indicate that in 30 years, potentially 95% of students in Queensland will be bilingual.

Queensland’s population is expected to double to about eight million in the next 30 years. As a result, cities such as Brisbane and the areas around the Gold Coast will be substantially impacted. As such growth cannot be sustained, it is logical to earmark regional areas for this anticipated immigration growth.

According to Premier Newman, “It could be that if you want to come to Australia, you might be on a certain waiting list. Maybe you could get bumped up the queue if you go and spend at least five years in a regional city in Queensland, a regional town.” He explained that the state government would work with councils to determine where immigrants are most needed.

Job creation in Queensland has been on an increase: 35,200 jobs were created in 2013, with nearly 25,000 of those created in the second half of the year. The trend is expected to continue, and along with this growth will come more immigrants, increased infrastructure requirements, and a rapidly expanding need for language schools and local immigration agents.

“Over the next three decades, we all face a rapidly changing future with significant population growth, a fluctuating global economy, and technological advances. The plan will work to navigate these challenges and guide where and how we live, work, and interact,” said Premier Newman.

Job creation in Queensland has been on an increase: 35,200 jobs were created in 2013, with nearly 25,000 of those created in the second half of the year. The trend is expected to continue, and along with this growth will come more immigrants, increased infrastructure requirements, and a rapidly expanding need for language schools, translation services, migration translation services and local immigration agents.

 

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